Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, February 9-15: Counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, cadence for failure analysis, more

Articles about avoiding counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, setting a cadence for failure analysis, signs your company doesn’t get reliability, and how to save energy were Plant Engineering’s five most-clicked articles from last week, February 9-15. Were you out last week? Miss something? You can catch up here.
By Chris Vavra February 16, 2015

Plant Engineering Top 5 most read articles online, for Feb. 9-15, covered avoiding counterfeit products, selecting and applying VFDs, setting a cadence for failure analysis, signs your company doesn’t get reliability, and how to save energy. Link to each article below.

1. Five ways to avoid counterfeit electrical products

Eaton expands its participation in industry educational campaign. 

2. Selecting and applying VFDs

Clear understanding of the application, noise sources, and configuration parameters ensures peak variable speed drive (VFD) performance, efficiency, and reliability. 

3. Setting a cadence for your failure analysis efforts

I have decided to address this topic because I believe that we are leaving a lot of value on the table with our failure analysis (RCFA, RCA, Problem Solving, 8D) efforts. Here is what I see when I interact with maintenance organizations (some or all of these may apply to you). 

4. Top 10 signs your company just doesn’t get reliability

In honor of the new year, I have listed some of the sure-fire signs that your company may not be ready for reliability. 

5. To save energy, first find where it’s used

One of the most important factors to saving energy in the industrial environment is to obtain the knowledge that equipment is running, and how well the shafts and rollers are moving. 

The list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on plantengineering.com, February 9-15, for articles published within the last two months.

– Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media, cvavra@cfemedia.com.